Japanese medical team leaves for Philippines


The Japanese government on Monday dispatched a 25-member relief team of mostly medical staff to the Philippines to provide aid in the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Thousands are believed to have been killed in the typhoon that swept through the central part of the Philippines on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference Monday: "We will provide as much support as we can to accommodate the needs of the disaster-hit areas and the Philippine government."

The government also sent two Foreign Ministry officials to the Philippines to assess the extent of damage. The aid team consists of doctors, nurses and pharmacists from the Japan Disaster Relief Team.

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How about some troops to help with search and rescue, clearing rubble, roads and stuff?

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Thank you, Japan.

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Good on Japan. Filipinos certainly appreciate this.

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Hontoni domo aregatou ..!!

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Thank you very much Japan !!! The expertise of your 25 medical staff would be of great help to those affected by the typhoon.

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japan at its best

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The right thing to do!! Good on Japan!!

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Thanks Nippon ...

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Yes, we Filipinos truly appreciate this. Arigato gozaimasu!

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Yeah, this is a good gesture and some help is better than no help, but sending only 25 people is quite token. There could be as many as 10,000 people killed and millions homeless. I think they should be doing a lot more than just sending 25 medical staff.

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thanks to your support JAPAN!!!

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Arigatou Gozaimasu Japan. My fellowmen surely appreciate all your help in any kind.

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Japan has always been supportive

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all the best to Japan Medical team!

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Thank you so much, Japan! We, Filipinos, appreciate it a lot! <3

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Disillusioned, these small teams are usually sent ahead to assess what will be necessary. There will be other private assessment teams going, such as from AMDA, I would guess, but the advance team is always small to prepare for a proper, larger, tailored response.

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Suppose too many people arrive in any disaster damaged area, the airport will be too crowded and accepting country have to provide decent shelters and daily food to these well meaning people when they need to care own people right away, Japan did right thing,

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First, thank you Japan.

Hope JSDF is ready to join US Marines as well. The most updated report suggests 9 million victims are still homeless and foodless. They need more help. Let's do this together with US. Okay?

Second to all victims in Philippines, the US rescue mission is on the way, Hung in there, we are ready to drop water, food ASAP.

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I'm glad Japan is helping out. Looking at pictures of the disaster the Philippines is going to need some support.

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Bearing in mind that up to 10,000 are feared dead, please send (with all supplies of course) not 25 but at least 250 or perhaps nearer 2500.

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Eventually they no doubt will send that kind of number of people- there are plenty of organisations that mobilise volunteers after a disaster like this. I doubt any country has 2,500 people on standby ready to leave for a disaster area within a couple of days of it happening, not to mention the supplies (can you imagine the amount of supplies as far as food, accommodation and toilets that would be needed for that amount of people?). Sometimes right after a disaster more is not always better. I saw on the news that Japan is already planning to send SDF troops to assist in the near future, but there has to be some kind of assessment of the situation first, surely.

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I saw on the news that Japan is already planning to send SDF troops to assist in the near future, but there has to be some kind of assessment of the situation first, surely.

What do you mean, near future? People of Philippines need help NOW. They need water, food, medication NOW.

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Thank you Japan. Your friend, our friend.Your enemy, our enemy.

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****Thank you so much for the medical assistance. We're very grateful and appreciate this act of kindness. Japanese people are generous and respectful people. They are wonderful people.

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